Every year on 15th January, Indian Army Day is celebrated honouring the taking over of Lieutenant General (later Field Marshal) K. M. Cariappa’s taking over as the first Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army from General Sir Francis Butcher, the last British Commander-in-Chief of India, on 15 January 1949. The Indian Army was formed in the year after the unification of the Presidency Armies of Bengal, Bombay & Madras on April 1st 1895. The army is an all volunteer force which participated in a number of battles and campaigns across the world, earning a large number of battle and theatre honours before and after Independence.
The largest component of the Indian Armed Forces is the 2nd largest standing army in the world with 1,129,900 active troops and 960,000 reserve troops. It has fought four major wars, three with Pakistan and one with China and has been undertaking major operations such as Operation Vijay, Operation Cactus, Operation Meghdoot etc. The Indian Army also fought for the Allies in the two World Wars. It is also responsible for ensuring that the Indian Flag keeps flying at the world’s highest battleground, Siachen.
Fiinovation feels proud that the Indian Army has achieved such feats, not only in wars but in peacekeeping missions, disaster reliefs and other emergencies. On the 68th Indian Army Day, Fiinovation members feels grateful by honouring the valiant soliders who have sacrificied their lives safeguarding the borders and the people of the country.
The country mourns eachtime a soldier is being killed fighting terroists and anti-India people. The government is spending more each year to strengthen the army and ensure there are lesser casulties to its troops. The Indian army is also working on an infantry modernisation programme known as Futuristic Infantry Soldier As a System (F-INSAS), and is also upgrading and acquiring new assets for its armoured, artillery and aviation branches. The implementation of One Rank, One Pension (OROP) has been an issue of discourse among former Indian Army members and the committment of the government towards it has shown the faith we have on our Army. Unlike our neighbours, the Indian Army being such large in size has been also safeguarding democracy for 68 years in the country with not single instance of Martial law being imposed.
By Rahul Choudhury
Media & Communications, Fiinovation